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Feds launch audit of state highway spending
The Department of Transportation is launching an audit of state highway spending.
March 26, 2015 – The Hill

Mayors press Congress to pass highway bill
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging Congress to pass legislation to prevent a shutdown in transportation funding this summer.
March 23, 2015 – The Hill

South Dakota hikes gas tax
South Dakota is increasing the amount of money drivers in their state will have to pay at the pump to help pay for transportation projects, the Associated Press reports.
March 18, 2015 – The Hill

The next looming funding shutdown: Highway programs
Transportation funding is running on empty, forcing Congress to scramble to meet its next major deadline before the tank runs dry on May 31.
March 15, 2015 – The Hill

Waters of the U.S. Hearing Scheduled for House Agriculture Committee
On March 17, the House Agriculture Conservation & Forestry Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Waters of the U.S. regulation. The regulatory proposal issued last year has faced opposition from agriculture, business, and state and local government due to the lack of clarity provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.
March 13, 2015 – USAgnet

Republicans search for road funding fix
House Republicans have scheduled a hearing on infrastructure funding as they seek a solution to the looming expiration of a federal highway bill.
March 11, 2015 – The Hill

Chairman Shuster Tours ROMCO
On March 9, ROMCO Equipment Company's executive team hosted U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) at ROMCO's Ft. Worth location.
March 9, 2015 – AED News

House passes $8B Amtrak funding bill
The House passed legislation on Wednesday authorizing nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak in a 316-101 vote.
March 4, 2015 – The Hill

Washington Senate OK's $15 billion in transportation revenue
Following up on our news story of Feb. 13 of this year, the Washington state Senate this Monday approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.
March 4, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

State DOTs Plan Ways to Cope With Uncertain Federal Funds
With federal highway authorizations due to expire in three months, and no replacement bill even introduced yet in Congress, some state agencies are postponing highway contract bid lettings and others are drawing up contingency plans that could delay project starts, officials say.
February 27, 2015 – ENR

Iowa State Gas Increase Signed into Law This Week
A 10 cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase signed into law Feb. 25 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) is the latest in a series of initiatives recently put forward by state governments to boost infrastructure funding, according to a new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
February 27, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

Lobbying Powerhouses Duke It Out Over Ex-Im Reauthorization
Representatives of more than 600 manufacturers and businesses from 41 states descended on Capitol Hill Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
February 27, 2015 – The Daily Caller

Senate to hold highway bill hearing
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to hearing about the possibility of passing a new bill to boost U.S. infrastructure funding on Wednesday.
February 25, 2015 – The Hill

House lawmakers: End the uncertainty for highway funding
With a May 31 deadline approaching to extend the life of the Highway Trust Fund, a large group of U.S. representatives believes it's time to pass a lasting highway bill and end the short-term extensions.
February 24, 2015 – Land Line

Businesses to descend on DC for Ex-Im push
Nearly 700 businesses of all sizes will flood Congress this week to tell Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
February 24, 2015 – The Hill

Some Dems prepared to override Obama's veto
Some Senate Democrats are already saying they will vote to override President Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
February 24, 2015 – The Hill

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo
President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.
February 24, 2015 – Reuters

Shuster prepared to meet challenge of long-term transportation bill
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently said Congress must focus on passing bipartisan legislation to provide long-term funding for repairing and rebuilding the nation's aging infrastructure.
February 19, 2015 – Ripon Advance

Idaho bill pushes 8-cent gas tax hike
A bill calling for sharp increases in Idaho's gas and diesel fuel taxes, as well as a 50 percent increase in car registration fees, was introduced in the Idaho House on Monday, although even its sponsor said the proposal is just a starting point.
February 17, 2015 – The Spokesman-Review

Mendez Tells AED Summit Engagement Key to Highway Bill Success
Speaking to attendees at AED's Summit & CONDEX in Orlando, the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT)Deputy Secretary laid out the Obama administration's ambitious highway reauthorization plan while encouraging equipment distributors to press for congressional action.
February 16, 2015 – AED News

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